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Dortmund returned to training recently. My guess is the San Pasqual as a prep for the San Antonio is the route he'll end up going.
Oh it is true :-( RIP pretty boy
Taking Tapped in this one
Would love to see Highland Reel in the Pegasus.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · You and me both. But it does not look like its on his schedule, though I thought Coolmore did give a nod toward it. http://www.paulickreport.com/news/breeders-cup/obrien-refuses-rule-highland-reel-pegasus-world-cup/ He is one of my favorites so I would love to see him in the race. I think his going might also place a bit more pressure on Arrogate to attend because you will have the top two in the BC Classic and the winner of the BC Turf...which raises the bar. I guess the only issue is the distance since he usually is best at 12 furlongs and has never run 9... · 24 days ago
  • ILuvTurfRacing · @BobHayes22, Highland Reel isn't gonna run in the Pegasus. He just simply isn't. He's bred for the turf and that's where Coolmore and trainer Aidan O'Brien intend to keep him. He's defending his Hong Kong Vase crown at Sha Tin on December 11th, and then I think it's very likely he'll follow the same itinerary he did a year ago, which is to return to Ireland until March, when he'll likely go back to Meydan to run in the Dubai Sheema Classic again. Found was the horse initially that Aidan O'Brien was talking about sending to Gulfstream for the Pegasus, which is why they considered running her in the BC Classic before settling on the BC Turf. Now that she's retired I'm not sure if Coolmore have any of their horses in mind for the race, unless it's one already based in the states? · 31 minutes ago
Rest in peace, beautiful boy.
2nd time in 3 years that a Todd Pletcher trainee is the first to die after running in the Triple Crown. Intense Holiday all over again.
OK, this has nothing to do with the BC, but given that we are now into the slow part of the racing season, I wanted to throw this out there, as this is a part of the thoroughbred world about which I know little: On the subject of British racing.... When Frankel retired 4 years ago, he of course had to be among the greatest thoroughbreds in UK history, but was he THE greatest? He had the speed ratings, and he was 14 for 14, but he was basically a miler. Is he really greater than, for example, Nijinsky, Brigadier Gerard, Dubai Millenium or Sea the Stars? All horses who lost only once, but were more versatile in the distances they ran. Now, I am not including the steeplechasers in this so no discussion of Arkle or Red Rum. For those who have followed the sport for many years, including across the pond, who are the three greatest UK thoroughbreds ever, in your opinion?
  • Buckpasser via Disqus · That's such a hard question. Certainly out of the ones I saw in person, Brigadier Gerard, Nijinsky and Mill Reef are in the forefront. But of all time, I would need to look at a number like St. Simon, Gainsborough, Hyperion, Bahram, Brown Jack, Bayardo, Swynford and the great fillies like Pretty Polly, Sceptre, Signorinetta ( who won the Derby and a couple of days later won the Oaks), Mumtaz Mahal and Sun Chariot. Frankly there are so many great stars of British turf it's very hard to choose. · 21 days ago
  • eckythimble via Disqus · 10f Frankel and Brigadier Gerard - dead heat 12f Mill Reef and Dancing Brave - dead heat, just ahead of Nijinksy Incidentally best horses from Europe overall - Sea Bird II then Ribot Best horses in the word overall - Secretariat then Phar Lap. Man O War in the world top 5 along with SB and Ribot. · 13 hours ago
Another breeze, this one in 4f in 48 flat. Just happy he's on the track!
12/8 - 4F work http://www.xbtv.com/video/workout/arrogate-worked-four-furlongs-in-48-00-at-santa-anita-park-on-december-8th-2016/
Stradivari was one of my favorites. Had so hoped that he would make it after his surgery.
Shared Belief wins the classic by 3 lengths
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  • DarthKoalaBear via Disqus · Secretariat wins the Classic by 31 lengths. · 1 day ago
  • sczen50 · Yeah right! He may have won but not by that much. · 17 hours ago
Maybe it's just my perception, but it doesn't really seem like the connections of top international horses anywhere are falling all over themselves to line up for this race, outside of the obvious ones in the states that you'd expect to be seen pointed at the Pegasus. This race may end up being little more than a watered down version of the Breeders Cup Classic, only not even at the classic trip of 10f and with a payday on steroids. When it's all said and done, it'll probably end up not really drawing the level of competition expected and end up being easy pickings for one horse, IMO.
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · True. With its January date its not really that attractive to Europe where most of the horses get the winter off-besides the one's maybe pointing to Dubai. · 2 days ago
  • beckbel13 · I hadn't thought of that, but you are right, there has been no buzz about international horses wanting to enter the Pegasus. I really hope the purse money will lure some European or South American stars. · 21 hours ago
This is not really related to the Pegasus, but since there is no "Potpourri" thread, I thought I would put this here. What great horses, do you think, detracted from their greatness by not racing a certain rival of their era? a) Man O'War is considered the greatest ever, but avoided Exterminator. Is that a legitimate knock against him? Could Exterminator have beaten him, perhaps if Man O'War even spotted him weight? Remember that he spotted a decent but not great 3-year-old 26 lbs. in the Dwyer, and won, but it took some effort. b) How about Native Dancer avoiding Tom Fool? ND is considered the greater horse, yet Tom Fool was horse of the year in '53, and had the second greatest 4-yo campaign of all time (first being Spectacular Bid in 1980). c) What about Zenyatta not facing Rachel Alexandra? Would RA have beaten her on a non-synthetic track? Do any other examples come to your mind?
  • Neigh Sayer via Disqus · I won't get into all your examples but one is clearly not correct. You make is sound like Zenyatta ducked Rachel. That is directly opposite. Zenyatta was set to face Rachel in the Apple Blossom in 2009. The connections of Rachel decided to pull her from that race. We of course don't know if Rachel would have beaten her, but clearly her connections didn't think she would and opted not to face Zenyatta. · 19 hours ago
They should have put AP back in training after his 2016 breeding season was complete.... AP in the Pegasus would have be awesome! Obviously just a pipe dream :-)
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  • Kimberly Beth via Disqus · Nice dream, but those stud fees are worth more to Coolmore. I love my American Pharoah though. · 2 days ago
  • Vernon France via Disqus · It would have been great to see him try some real competition! · 17 hours ago
Breeders Cup Turf winner, Highland Reel, draws PP #10 of 14 in Sunday's G1 Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin. A wide draw is probably not as big a deal in the Vase as it would be in the other shorter races though, because Highland Reel was drawn even wider at Santa Anita in the Breeders Cup Turf, PP #12 if memory serves.
Rest in peace, Stradi :'(
Why in the world do Runhappy's people keep putting him in longer distance races? I think it's pretty clear that he's happy at 3/4 or 7/8. :-(
  • beckbel13 · No kidding! They have ruined Runhappy by making the ridiculous choice to taking him out of sprint races. What are they thinking?? · 20 hours ago
Are these the only 2 contenders that kind of committed to this race so far?. Hate to say it but it looks like it's going to be a 2 horse race, rematch of the BCC.
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  • Ferrisjso26 · With Frosted gone and AF probably being on lay off all I can really see is Gun Runner and KI. Melatonin, Hoppy and Effinex are probably going to be retired as two of those three are five year olds. Dortmund's coming back but after last year, I can see them wanting a CC/Arrogate free zone for his races. Gun Runner's connections should also be looking for easier spots for him after last years season of impressive losses. So who does that leave? Connect? If FL does come back I doubt it will be that early. · 26 days ago
  • beckbel13 · I hope so! That's what we want! · 20 hours ago
Ray Paulick will have a story on Stradivari's death "today or tomorrow". I sent an e-mail to his "Ask Ray" contact box last evening, and he answered within the past hour, replying, "He did not make it, sadly. I will have a story sometime today or tomorrow."
And yes, one more debating post.... There have been no match races since the Ruffian tragedy of '75. Are there any you would like to have seen, just the two horses? You could argue between two horses that avoided each other (RA vs. Zenyatta), or a pair that faced each other frequently and had a great rivalry - Alydar vs. Affirmed, Sunday Silence vs. Easy Goer. My choice for the great match race that never was? It would have been fall 2012 at Ascot - Frankel (undefeated, mile specialist) vs. Black Caviar (undefeated, 6 furlong specialist) at 7 furlongs on the turf. Two undefeated champions, male vs. female. In the era of online pay-per-view, this match race, even at $10+ million purse, could have paid for itself.
  • ILuvTurfRacing · At 7f or a mile, Black Caviar would've been little more than a good tow into the race for Frankel. She was a fantastic race-mare, but Frankel was like watching one of the old American muscle cars from the 1960's with nitrous boosters. Once Queally ask him for run it was blast off. · 20 hours ago

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